TEMSA’s Cost Containment Recommendations

The Texas EMS Alliance submitted recommendations related to EMS costs for the Texas House Select Committee on Health Costs’ request for ideas. Click here to view TEMSA’s recommendations: Texas EMS Alliance – Statewide Health Care Costs

DSHS Launches the EMS Peer Referral Program

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced the launch of the Texas EMS Peer Referral Program on April 1, 2020. The program is available for anyone in the EMS field who is struggling with substance abuse issues. Click here to learn more.

A Look at SB 2551 and Cancer Presumption for First Responders

By the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) One of the most significant bills passed in the 86th Legislature affecting first responders was SB 2551. Due to the nature of employment, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) could be exposed to conditions that may cause cancer. For this reason, certain cancers are presumed to have […]

Novel Coronavirus Update From EMS.gov

From EMS.gov: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update Chinese health officials have identified a new (novel) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, which has led to a number of confirmed and suspected cases and several deaths in China. There have been cases identified in several Asian countries and […]

The Evolution of EMS: Community Paramedicine & Mobile Integrated Health

Over the past few years, EMS providers have likely heard the more frequent use of terms such as mobile integrated health (MIH), community paramedicine (CP), and community health paramedicine (CHP).  These topics have also gained the interest of EMS leaders, as the nation attempts to slowly move from fee-for-service to a value-based care health care […]

Texas Workers’ Comp Proposes Rule for SB 2551

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Comp (TDI-DWC) proposed a rule for SB 2551, which was passed by the 2019 Texas Legislature to address Workers’ Comp claims related to cancer for first responders. Click here to learn more about the proposed rule. Click here to learn more about the legislation.

Texas HHSC’s Response to TEMSA’s ET3 Request

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) submitted its interest in Medicare’s new Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) program in a letter dated September 17, 2019. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently asked state Medicaid programs to indicate their willingness to work with the new program. The Texas EMS Alliance […]